1972.04.01: Hassled Again (Red Tide)

Red Tide, Vol. 1, No. 3 [Issue #3]
April 1972

Hassled Again
[by Michael Letwin]

On June 13th, a group calling itself the Citizens Legal Defense Alliance (CLDA) verbally attacked the Red Tide. The CLDA objected to “an article about venereal disease, accompanied by fatale genital parts.”

The group called a news conference, where it demanded that the School Board take action to prevent distribution of the Red Tide. Edward Albertson, a leader of the group said:

“This paper being circulated on campus, indicates an approval ­- an approval by the Board of Education, an approval by all the laws governing these things and approval by the administration of the school.”

Oh yes, we have seen last year how the administration and school board approves of the Red Tide! But Albertson was gracious enough to say that he wouldn’t mind if we were circulated off campus.

“If it’s circulated off campus, of course all that approval is removed, it’s a paper they can get, and I know kids read things that maybe we thing they shouldn’t read. But I think that if the approval of authority is given to a thing of this sort, then it is an entirely different atmosphere.”

Actually the Red Tide does not want to have to be approved, and we are challenging that restriction in court, so in that respect we agree with Mr. Albertson.

A few days later, the group went to the Board of Ed. to demand that the paper be banned from all campuses, and that if the School Board didn’t, the CLDA would sue them and would also try to get the law allowing distribution of material repealed. We’re waiting for some action.

1. Board of Education tape.
2. City News Service.
3. LA Times, Westside Section, June 25, 1972.

[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See:http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]


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